Blanks Talks Auburn Visit

Tallahassee's Travis Blanks talks about his visit to Auburn to check out the Tigers.

Tallahassee, Fla.--North Florida Christian standout Travis Blanks made another visit to Auburn on Friday to check out coach Gene Chizik's club and came away with even better feelings about the Tigers as he begins to narrow down his list of over 30 offers to a top five later this summer.

"It went real well," Blanks said. "I spent some time with coach Chizik. I got to see the whole Auburn area and hung out with a couple of my friend, Ryan White mainly. He's from Tallahassee and showed me a few areas and some of the things they do. Overall it went well. I got to watch practice and sit in a couple of position meetings. It went well.

"I'm starting to feel comfortable at Auburn because I've been back so many times," he added. "I'm starting to feel like, I guess you could call it a second home because I always go there. I'm just comfortable there. It's a place I'm becoming familiar with because I have been there so many times."

A visitor numerous times to Auburn, including games against Georgia, South Carolina and LSU last season, Blanks said having the opportunity to visit and learn more about everything associated with Auburn has been big for him.

"Auburn being only three and a half hours away really helps me because I don't have to wait for an official visit," Blanks said. "I can just go up whenever I want because I can see not only what the football facilities are like but I can see what the coaches are like. I can see if the city is a setting I want to be around. That helps a lot."

In addition to sitting down and talking with the coaches and players, Blanks said one of the highlights of the visit was having the opportunity to watch a spring practice. With a lack of bodies in the secondary he said that was something Chizik stressed when talking with him.

"I saw them out there and they are thin like coach Chizik said," Blanks said. "They're looking to rebuild with my class and get a couple of guys in at defensive back because they're going to graduate guys like Neiko Thorpe and a few other guys. They are thin right now."

Planning to graduate high school early and enroll in school in January, Blanks said one of his goals is to narrow his list down to a workable group by the time his senior year begins. With his relationship strong at Auburn with assistant coaches such as Trooper Taylor, Curtis Luper and Gus Malzahn and all of the defensive coaches, Blanks said Auburn will be in the running until the very end.

"I probably won't have an official top five until the end of the summer but Auburn will probably be in that top five," Blanks said. "The coaching staff is a staff of many different personalities. You have coach Troop that is cracking jokes and coach Luper is a family guy to relate with. Coach Malzahn is a guy that is focused but also laid back. When they say family it really does feel like family because they help the players out so much."

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